Yesterday, a friend forwarded me a link to a blog post from a race director complaining about the Ragnar relay series. Apparently they’ve begun expanding their series by using well-known courses and scheduling them immediately before, during, or after established races.
At first I assumed this was simply one race director that was pissed about a coincidental scheduling snafu… until I started hearing from more and more well-respected race directors. The situation seems a little bit like Sketchers and their strategy on releasing shoes- wait for someone to develop something innovative, then swoop in and flood the market with a cheap knockoff.
Of course, one race series encroaching on smaller races isn’t a new phenomenon (see “Ironman.”) Should we care? Should we boycott Ragnar? Should we boycott their sponsors? Should we just be happy there’s new opportunities to race?
I’m curious to hear what my readers think. Leave a comment!